Youth learn work skills over the summer
EVART — Six students from Evart High School had the opportunity to learn work skills, earn money and contribute to city government this summer.
In a partnership between the City of Evart, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and Mid Michigan Industries, the students were given an opportunity to engage in work-based learning while earning money in the Summer Youth Program, according to an MMI release.
MRS provides specialized employment and education-related services and training to assist teens and adults with disabilities in becoming employed or retaining employment. MMI helps people make connections that lead them to meaningful employment, advanced skill enhancement and greater independence.
For eight weeks this summer, students worked part-time within city properties to maintain grounds, water flowers, keep the downtown area clean and complete special projects.
The focus was on learning work skills and what it takes to be a good employee, the release said.
Students also participated in classroom activities once a week, gaining skills through the GOALS program. GOALS stand for Growing Opportunities and Lifetime Skills. While in the class, they were able to learn about work skills and life skills. This is an MMI program purchased through joint funds provided by the city and MRS.
Evart Department of Public Works Supervisor Mark Wilson said it’s the second year the city has participated in the Summer Youth Program.
“The youth who participated in this program had a successful summer helping care for the City of Evart and gaining valuable life skills,” he said. “Throughout the summer program the youth: helped prepare for holiday celebrations, performed various ground maintenance activities and even repainted the trim at Evart City Hall. The program was a success.
“The City of Evart is looking forward to partnering with MRS for the Summer Youth Program during the summer of 2018.”
MRS and the City of Evart provided funding for this work-based learning experience for students.
The collaboration between Evart, MRS and MMI is an investment in the community, the release said.
MRS and MMI are seeking other communities in Mecosta and Osceola counties to partner with for work-based learning programs for youth in their areas.